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Changes for November/NaBloPoMo '07

So NaBloPoMo has officially started and while most people took yesterday to reintroduce it and do some chit chat about the event, I decided to hold off. I made a few changes around here, but nothing too noticeable.

...well, except for the fact that I am officially back from my month of pink! It feels so good to be blue again. I noticed on one of the sites I'm a member of that I still have a screenshot of my first layout/color scheme posted. I definitely like this one better, but I'm thinking it's about time for a new banner, too. I may put together something specifically for the holidays later on and then work out a new semi-permanent one later.

My sidebars have changed a bit, too. I didn't have much of a blogroll here because I read blogs through other places and generally just talk about the blogs I like here, so I got rid of the few listed. I tidied up the "other places to visit" section, too....some of the sites didn't even exist any more and it was just taking up room.

I've added in the NaBloPoMo participant badge on the side and there's some talk about a survivor badge for afterward, so this is a nice placeholder. I really don't like having so much in the side bars, but I'm not ready to lose it all yet either....at least it's not splattered with ads instead, right?

On a slightly different note, I've considered getting my own domain. I like Blogger, to be honest, minus a few little disadvantages, but from my involvement on some blog forums, it keeps coming up how it's sometimes better to have your own domain. At this point, it's not like QuirkyJessi is really headed anywhere big, but at the same time, it'd be kinda nice to start working on traffic 'now' to my own domain instead of getting my .blogspot.com address so built up and then starting over. I'm not sure. What do you guys think? Have any suggestions for a good place to buy the domain and host a site of my own? The cheaper, the better, of course, because I don't use ads, but at this point, I'm just browsing around.

~Edit~ One of the main reasons that sparked this post, I didn't even talk about. I also added a Bookmark button to my post layout so that you can see it at the end of each post. If you scroll over the top of it, you'll notice that it'll pop up a list of other sites you can bookmark the posts at (all the major ones are there: Digg, StumbleUpon, Del. icio.us). I've never used them much, but I know other people love them, so I thought I'd make it easy on y'all. Also, you guys know I'm all about linky love, so if you happen to place something of mine there, I'll return the favor in some way or another.

alejna said...

I like the blue. It flatters you.

I've toyed with the idea of getting my own domain, too. I think it's largely laziness/inertia that prevents me. But I'll be bummed if someone out there snaps up my intended domain name before I do.

I'll be interested to know how it works out for you, if you do do the domain thing.

And go NaBloPoMo! (Yo.)

Anonymous said...

We switched to our own domain a few months back and like it.

The only down side is we lost all of our google ranking power, and it seems a lot of people who had linked to us never updated. I guess it helped cut the dead weight.

Anonymous said...

I hear good things about "A Small Orange." But other than that, I've been using the same host for about 5 years, and they're unnecessarily pricey. But it's a hassle to change.

Anonymous said...

I too love Blogger. They make it so incredibly simple. I just recently bought my domain and began hosting it and switched. It's been a bit of an undertaking, but I think I'm glad I did it.

I'll be sure to check back to see what you decide.

See you at NBPM!

April said...

i use bluehost.com and like it quite a bit. i don't think its particularly expensive, and it does fancy stats reporting and gives you subdomains and lots of cool stuff to add like content management, databases, shopping carts, etc.

ps - i'm in danger of becoming a regular reader - i like your style. i also agree with alejna - go NaBloPoMo!

Jessi said...

Well I hope you even more dangerously close to becoming a regular, April....I just wish I could visit you back! Hopefully you stop by again and see that I've asked you for your blog address in my next post. :D

Anonymous said...

I haven't been here in a while (school is bad for my blogging addiction) but good job on getting your own domain! I'm catching on NaBloPoMo people today - only 9 days in, but I still feel like such a slacker because I want to comment on everyone's site.

Also, thanks for delurking!

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